Kerala to emerge as Global Health Tourism hub

first_imgKerala is set to emerge as the perfect destination for health tourism in the world as it has many advantages like trained personnel, infrastructure and English-speaking medical staff.State Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson said that Kerala has held out advantages like well-trained practitioners, English-speaking medical staff, infrastructure in the form of super-specialty hospitals, a mix of modern and alternative treatment systems, affordable cost and low waiting times.“I believe that by promoting medical value travel in Kerala, with the right thrust from all quarters, the health tourism industry in Kerala can boom to become the global leader,” Thomson said while inaugurating the fifth edition of ‘Kerala Health Tourism’, an international conference and exhibition on the sector.Observing that the medical tourism sector in the country is expected to grow from the current $3 billion to $7-8 billion by 2020, Thomson said the state government would come up with an integrated plan for building up the sector.“Health tourism has evolved from a concept to a much in demand reality whereby foreign nationals are now looking at Kerala to receive medical care and attention. Gone are the days when one had to travel abroad to receive quality healthcare and treatment,” he said.As more and more patients from Europe, North America and other affluent regions with high medical costs and long wait-lists are looking for effective and affordable options, medical healthcare travel to Kerala would see a rise. Thomson assured that the fast-growing Kerala health sector is fully geared to meet that need.Additionally, Kerala Health Tourism (KMT) 2015 saw the announcement of the launch of Kerala Medical Value Travel (KMVT), a forum to promote health tourism in the State.Azad Moopen, Chairman of KHT 2015 said KMVT is an industry body of 22 NABH accredited hospitals for the promotion of medical value travellers and has been set up with the objective to build a strong health tourism industry.Speaking on the sidelines of KHT 2015, he said, “We are taking serious efforts to make Kerala a most sought destination for medical travellers. The initial focus will be on Gulf countries for long term sustainability for the sector and later to African countries where there is lack of basic healthcare infrastructure facilities.”last_img

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